Born in New York City in 1942, Dr. Straker became a landed immigrant in 1972. Before teaching at UBC, Straker obtained his Ph.D. degree in history of science from Indiana University in 1971: his thesis was entitled “Kepler’s Optics: A Study in the Development of 17th-Century Natural Philosophy”. As a professor in the UBC History Department, Straker was regarded as an interdisciplinary, collectively weaving together strands of history, philosophy, and science. He was a founding member of the Arts One program and the Science and Society Group at UBC, and in 2002, Dr. Straker was a recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize. Straker died suddenly in his 62nd year on July 24, 2004.
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